Girl Scouts of Utah sign on to help ban the word "bossy"

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - It's a word that's heard on the playground, but its reach is much further. Some of America’s most successful women believe that the word "bossy" is holding girls back, so they're banding together to ban it.

Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook and author of "Lean In" wants everyone to ban the word “bossy.”

Sandberg says "bossy" is a negative word that has lasting impacts. She says by middle school girls are less interested in leading than boys; they'd rather be liked than be a leader.

"We are 50% of the population,” said Sandberg. “We are 5% the Fortune 500 CEOs. We are 17% of the board seats. We are 19% of the U.S. Congress. That's not enough for 50% of the population.”

To get to the heart of the problem Sandberg enlisted the help of the Girl Scouts of America.

Anna Maria Chavez, Girl Scouts of America CEO said, "Because words matter. We need to start naming girls with positive attributes like strong, confident, and resilient with grit, not bossy.”

The Girl Scouts of Utah are on board with the ban and wants to help all Utahans ban “bossy” from their vocabulary.

Girl Scouts of Utah CEO Cathleen Sparrow told ABC 4 Utah, “What you can do right now, this second, is think about when a girl or even a woman when they’re being aggressive or assertive she’s being brave. Don’t use a negative connotation to describe her.”

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